The Academic Year Task Force drafted an initial report on its findings regarding changes to the academic calendar to begin as early as 2010. Based on survey data from faculty and students and calendars of other universities, the task force suggests MSU adopt a 14-week fall semester, to begin after Labor Day. There would be a one-week finals period, according to the report.
Doctors might soon have a new option for treating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. Researchers at Paratek Pharmaceuticals, a Boston-based company, announced Oct. 26 that Phase II testing of the drug PTK 0796 yielded positive results.
Members of the MSU basketball teams weren’t the only Spartans who attained the Sweet Sixteen this year. International relations junior Nada Zohdy is the sixteenth student from MSU to receive the Truman Scholarship, which provides money for graduate school to students who demonstrate leadership, said Tara Yglesias, deputy executive secretary for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
During the next two years, tuition for in-state undergraduates will increase by a total of 10.1 percent. For 2009-10, the increase will be 5.2 percent and for 2010-11 it will be 4.9 percent, according to the Budget Development Overview.
An MSU doctor and his team have gained more insight into how children and families that beat obesity achieve their success.